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Whoa. One of the greatest soul divas OF ALL TIME is coming to Little Rock next month. Christ Church Little Rock is hosting Mavis Staples in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets, which range from $20 to $35, go on sale
Sunday, Sept. 22 Monday, Sept. 23.
The Staples Singer great has hardly slipped into the nostalgia circuit in her golden years. In June, she put out "One True Vine," her second collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (the first won a Grammy). Both find her mostly interpreting other people's songs. Check out her cover of Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That" and footage from The Staple Singers at Wattstax doing "Respect Yourself" on the jump.
Nice! The Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series returns this month with "Searching for Sugar Man," the highly acclaimed documentary about the cult folk-pop artist known Rodriguez.
A native of Detroit, Sixto Rodriguez released two albums in the early '70s — "Cold Fact" and "Coming from Reality" — both of which sank like a stone on release (at least stateside), both of which are excellent. But somehow, he became enormously popular in South Africa. Like, bigger than Dylan or Neil Young big. His records were re-released in that country and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But in that pre-internet era, rumors of the singer's on-stage suicide were widely accepted. Some enterprising fans began trying to unearth clues about the mysterious figure.
I haven't seen the film yet, but I really dig the records. Reviews of the documentary have been pretty much uniformly positive. The late Roger Ebert gave it four stars, calling the ending "miraculous and inspiring." As with last season, the Argenta Film Series will be free thanks to the William F. Laman Library. "Searching for Sugar Man" screens Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Argenta Community Theater. RSVP here.
Check out the trailer after the jump.
For the next three Wednesdays, you can check out some free live music at MacArthur Park, and if you're so inclined, you can enjoy some food from food trucks and/or beer and wine for a donation, which will benefit the park. Don't bring any coolers, but dogs and lawn chairs are A-OK.
Here are the dates:
* Sept. 11 — Fire & Brimstone bring the reggae sounds, with Caribbean fare available from Bryant's BBQ.
* Sept. 18 — Kirk Anderton & Quentin May offer up some Southern rock, with food served by Clyde & Kiddo's.
* Sept. 25 — The Steve Giles Jam Band, with beer & brats served up by MacArthur Park Group. The concert is free but the food and drinks are $7-$15.
Philander Smith's free and open to the public "Bless the Mic" lecture series has brought some great speakers to town in the past, and it looks like that trend will continue in the coming year. They announced their schedule this week, and it's full of famous and interesting names.
All lectures are held on Thursdays, and start at 7 p.m. on the date given below in the M.L. Harris Auditorium. Entry is on a first-come-first-seated basis until the lecture hall is full. Tickets are not required. For more information, call 370-5354.
Sept. 19: Actor Charles S. Dutton. Winner of two Emmy awards for guest spots on "Without a Trace" and "The Practice," Dutton has been a familiar face in Hollywood for years, starring in films like "Aliens 3," "Cry the Beloved Country," "A Time to Kill," "Mississippi Masala," "Get on the Bus," and others.
Oct. 17: Daymond John, entrepreneur, investor, author and cast member of ABC’s Shark Tank. The founder and CEO of FUBU brand clothing, a $4 billion per year corporation.
Nov. 14: TV producer Bryant Huddleston. A native of Imboden (where he was disinvited from speaking at the high school graduation last fall because he is openly gay), Huddleston began his career in news before jointing NBC's Access Hollywood, and later launched tje Bravo reality series, Property Envy.
Jan. 9: Judy Smith, founder and president of Smith & Company, a strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, which served as the inspiration for the ABC series Scandal. Smith, a former deputy press secretary in the George H.W. Bush White House, has worked with a number of high-profile clients over the years, including those involved in the collapse of Enron, actor Wesley Snipes, NFL quarterback and dog-fighter Michael Vick, and chef Paula Deen.
Feb. 13: Mayda del Valle. One of O Magazine's 20-woman "O Power List," poet and spoken word artist Mayda del Valle is the youngest poet to ever win the National Poetry Slam Individual Championship, and was later offered a spot as a writer and in the cast of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, which won a Tony Award.
March 20: Evangelist Paula White. White is senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, a megachurch in Apopka, Fla.. Her Paula White Ministries builds orphanages, schools, churches, wells and food stations around the world in countries such as Haiti, Africa and India.
UCA creative writing professor Dr. John Vanderslice said that Echols is coming to Conway as part of the UCA Artist-in-Residence Series, which is administered through the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Vanderslice said that the creative writing department originally wanted to invite Echols to speak at the annual "Arkatext" writing festival, "but we quickly realized wasn't practical," so they invited him as an Artist-in-Residence instead.
Echols was released from prison on Aug. 19, 2011 along with Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin after serving over 18 years on Death Row. You can read the Arkansas Times' coverage of that momentous day here. Since his release, Echols has settled in Salem, Mass., where he runs a holistic healing center. He's the author of two books, "Life After Death," and "Almost Home: My Life Story, Vol. 1."
Lonnie Soury, who helped build the media campaign that helped free the West Memphis Three and who is still friends with Echols and his wife Lorri Davis, said that when he spoke to Davis and Echols a few days ago in Boston, Echols was excited about being invited to UCA to speak and teach, and didn't seem at all apprehensive about coming back to the state that held him on Death Row for 18 years.
"It seemed like he was pleased to come back," Soury said. "I think it's a big deal for him and Lorri to come back, but they were pleased to do it. I know they gave some thought to it, but they seem anxious to speak at the university there."
Soury, who has spoken at events with Echols before, said he may make the trip back to Arkansas to see Echols and others associated with the West Memphis Three cause. "He's an eloquent spokesperson," Soury said. "It's really amazing how thoughtful he is about the issues that impacted him and his life, and the lives of Jessie and Jason."
Geek demigod Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming to the University of Central Arkansas Feb. 27, 2014. It's a measure of how hot the stubs for Tyson will be that they'll begin selling tickets for the sure-to-sell-out-in-nanoseconds appearance starting at 10 a.m. Monday, August 12 in the UCA Reynolds Performance Hall Box Office.
Heir to the big-brain throne of the late Carl Sagan, Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium and a research associate in astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. If you've never heard of him, it probably says more about you than it does about him. He's one of the few genuinely brilliant people in modern history to make the jump from academic nobody to genuine pop-culture icon, frequently guesting on The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, the Daily Show, the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," and others. A large part of why is because he talks about science and the natural world like nobody else, as seen in the video above, with Tyson talking about the benefits of the space program and the race to the Moon.
TNA Wrestling is coming to Verizon Arena for a televised event on Thursday, Sept. 26. Tickets, which go on sale via Ticketmaster and the Verizon Arena Box Office, range from $17.50 to $127.50.
The line-up (subject to change, as these things always are): Hulk Hogan, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Chris Sabin, Bully Ray and The Aces & Eights, Bobby Roode and Magnus.
Wanna know a fun way to kill five minutes? Spend some time on the Hulk Hogan Wikipedia page. There's an entire section about the Hulkster's experience in the food industry.
Including this tidbit:
Hulk Hogan's Pastamania was a restaurant in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota,created and financed by Hogan. It opened on the Labor Day weekend of 1995 and was heavily promoted on World Championship Wrestling's live show WCW Monday Nitro, which actually premiered that September at the mall. The restaurant, which remained in operation for less than a year, featured such dishes as "Hulk-U's" and "Hulk-A-Roos".
Astronaut and all-around American hero Dr. Buzz Aldrin — the second human being to step foot on the moon — is coming to the Clinton Presidential Center on Aug. 14 for a free talk about his new book, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration." Aldrin will share the podium with Leonard David, the co-author of the book. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the lecture at 6 p.m. Afterwards, Aldrin will sign books. Seats are limited, and will go fast. If you're interested, RSVP to email@example.com or call 501.683.5239.
Aldrin was a badass in the days before there was a word for it. A combat fighter pilot during the Korean War with two confirmed kills, Aldrin was accepted for astronaut training by NASA in 1963. Once there, Aldrin pioneered underwater buoyancy training to simulate zero gravity, and performed the first spacewalk in 1966 during Gemini 12. On July 20,1969, he was the second man down the ladder after Neil Armstrong's "one giant leap for mankind."
A word of warning, though: even though Buzz is getting on in years, you'll probably want to leave your tinfoil hat at home. As seen in this video, Aldrin famously punched out a conspiracy theorist who ambushed him outside a hotel and claimed the moon landing was a hoax before calling Aldrin a liar and a coward. Lesson: A guy with the stones it takes to strap himself to a Wile E. Coyote-grade rocket and get blasted into the cold vacuum of space probably shouldn't be first on your list to call a coward.
agree 100% with Cosmo. the movie experience was horrible there in every way imo
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